emissions by requiring significantly less energy to manufacture products
from recyclables than virgin ore and by avoiding landfilling.
Energy saved using recycled materials vs. virgin ore:
• 95% for aluminum
85% for copper
• 74% for
iron and steel
Conserves natural resources.
Recycling one ton of:
Paper saves 17 trees, 79 gallons of oil, 7000 gallons of water, and
cubic yards of landfill
Steel conserves 2500 lbs. of iron ore, 1400 lbs. of coal and 120 lbs.
Aluminum conserves up to 8 tons bauxite ore and 14 megawatt hours
Diverts 150 million
materials away from landfills.
Cleaner air and water from safely
removing potentially hazardous
materials and keeping them out
• Mercury switches removed
from older automobiles.
recovered from computer monitors.
Various harmful chemicals safely recycled from electronics.